Captured & submitted by Jessica Hunt Photography
Unfortunately COVID-19 has forced many couples across the world to change their wedding day plans. Gabbie & Chris are one of the many couples who were forced to change their originally planned celebration due to the pandemic. Despite the pandemic’s influence on the changing of their wedding days plans, Chris and Gabby held a gorgeous, intimate micro-wedding at the South Carolina Lace House earlier this year. I’m excited to walk you through their images today!
Chris and Gabby had a collection of gorgeous details for me to photograph while they both separately prepared for their wedding day. I loved incorporating Gabby’s grandmother’s rosary into their detail photos and custom designed acrylic menus to give their flat lay images texture and visually interesting elements.
Gabby prepared for her wedding day with her mother and closest friends. She was ecstatic to receive a beautiful pair of diamond earrings from her groom as her wedding day gift! Chris prepared for his wedding day with his groomsmen and wore the same anticipatory grin throughout each moment leading up to seeing Gabbie for the first time.
After both of them were ready to see each other, we arranged a First Look for the couple in the same location where their ceremony would be held. The custom designed arbor by Melanie at By Invitation Only and florals from Carolina Blossoms perfectly complemented this stunning couple.
Prior to the ceremony we explored the South Carolina Lace House grounds for portraits of them together. Some of these photos are now some of my very favorite couples’ portraits I have photographed to date! After portraits together, Chris and Gabbie prepared for their wedding ceremony within the gardens of the South Carolina Lace House
Their wedding planner, Melanie Murphy, did an exquisite job on designing and executing an intimate socially distanced event to keep the couple and their guests safe. The guests were provided with chilled drinks prior to the ceremony and each given custom fan to keep them cool in the South Carolina summer heat.
The couple shared an intimate and heartfelt ceremony with hand written vows and sealed their promises with a kiss. Like most African-American couples, they chose to participate in the ceremony of jumping the broom to honor their history and ancestors.
After the wedding, we had fun with their wedding party photographing their wedding party portraits during that post-wedding bliss. We wrapped up photographing the couple on the stairs of the Lace House’s gorgeous front porch.
Due to a change in plan because of rain on the day of, Melanie and her team helped walk Chris and Gabby through the decision of moving their reception from it’s planned location in the gardens to the front porch of the Lace House.
This change in plan only enhanced their day and added to the romantic feel to the evening. This day-of change allowed Melanie to create an even more intimate space for a couple to share a seated dinner with their loved ones.
The couple and those closest to them drank by candlelight and enjoyed a three-course meal from Southern Way Catering amongst toasts from the brides’ father and the groom’s closest friend. The couple ended the evening with a few dances, a little fun, and sparkler exit to top it all off!
Though Chris and Gabby originally planned for a large wedding day involving 200 or more guests, but COVID-19 had other plans for them and their love story. But, the changes to the plan did not damper their day in any way! It was an incredible honor to be their Lace House wedding photographer, and I cannot wait to show off their gorgeous photos for years to come!
Equipment Rentals: Crisp Event Rentals//Invitation Designer: ByFarr//Paper Props: Byfarr Designs//Lighting:Ambient Media//Caterer: Southern Way Catering//Cake Designer: Bonnie Brunt Cakes//Floral Designer: Carolina Blossoms//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Calvin Klein//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Mohan’s Custom Tailors//Dress Store:New York Bride and Groom//Event Planner: By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design//Reception Venue: Lace House//Event Venue: Lace House//Photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography//